Man Utd, Arsenal quoted €30m asking price for star Italy defender

Date published: Saturday 22nd June 2019 5:42

Torino have set their asking price for defender Armando Izzo, who is being tracked by a number of Premier League clubs.

Centre-back Izzo has been suggested as a target for Manchester United, with the Red Devils having missed out on both Mats Hummels and Matthijs De Ligt. However, it has been observed in Italy that Everton and Arsenal are also in the hunt – with Unai Emery’s side in pole position after the defender’s agent was seen in London.

Emery wants to upgrade his defence ahead of the upcoming season, with the likes of Shkodran Mustafi being prone to inconsistency – a factor which gave the Gunners the third worst defensive record in the Premier League last season. The former PSG coach is said to want a reunion with one of his former French favourites in Presnel Kimpembe, with Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen and Saint Ettiene’s William Saliba joining Izzo on the list of names to be linked.

There is also strong interest from Izzo’s home nation, as AC Milan and Lazio are looking to prise him away from Torino.

However, the club’s president, Urbano Cairo, is a notoriously tough negotiator, and now Turin-based paper Tuttosport claim that he has slapped a €30m price tag on Izzo.

That valuation could favour United more than their rivals, as they are understood to have more money to spend.

Izzo, 27, came through the youth ranks at hometown club Napoli before forging a career path which has seen him play for Triestina, Avellino (where he was caught up in a match-fixing investigation, although his ban was later reduced) and Genoa. He made his Italy debut earlier this year, having been rewarded for a fine first season at Torino in which he made 37 appearances and scored four goals in Serie A.

 

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